Thursday 26 July 1917 We Lost 563
The protected cruiser Ariadne is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-65 off Beachy Head. Thirty-four members of her crew are killed.
HM PC-60 attacks and badly damages the German submarine UB-23 that after escaping is interned in Corunna, Spain.
During an inspection of grenades, one of the grenades falls on the ground and detonates, and Lieutenant Andrew Berhans McCreath (Northumberland Fusiliers) hearing warning shouts, runs up and picks up the bomb. In order to get rid of it without endeangering others he runs until he finds an empty dug-out into which he throws it. As he is about to throw it away the detonator explodes, fortunately the ammonal is wet, although Lieutenant McCreath does not know it and no further explosion takes place or he would almost certainly been killed or severely wounded. For his actions Lieutenant McCreath will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- A Rhodes Scholar
- A talented violinist
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major George Eustace Summers Bowen MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas James Bowen Vicar of St Nicholas.
- Acting Captain Robert Lightbourn (Gloucestershire Regiment) a Rhodes Scholar is killed at age 22.
- Private Kaye Schofield (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies in hospital of gas poisoning at age 24. He is a talented violinist.
- Gunner Luther William Coles (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in October 1918 while his step brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private Thomas Mullins (Australian Infantry) dies at home at age 28. His brother was killed last May.